Fabulous taverna - very traditional with everything tasting fantastic, and lovely people. My second favourite taverna in Skala.
Would say that this restaurant is ok, but nothing to write home about. My partner enjoyed it, but as a veggie, the choice was very limited.
The chocolate cake was nice though!
Very good family run taverna, with excellent lamb chops (and lots of them). Situated in a nice quiet part of the area.
I can't praise this place enough - we ate here on 9 of the 13 nights in Skala.
Socrates is very traditional and welcoming and has the most wonderful food. I love the setting with the grapes growing overhead. Look out for the pumpkin pie on the specials, it was delicious. Their stuffed tomatoes were second to none. Homemade cake for desert was gorgeous, try their coffee one - divine!
We stayed in Scala for 14 nights and ate at Socrates every night. The service, atmosphere, welcome and home cooked food is unbeatable.
Every night there are at least three specials - all the food is cooked by Mama and is truly tradional Greek fayre. Many locals eat here, which proves that it is good.
We tried everything from grilled Snapper to stuffed aubergines. The home made desserts are a joy and well worth making room for. The greek coffee is superb, the wine is fantastic.
The family make you feel at home, and you will be given a great warm welcome every night. The night before we were due to leave we were asked what we would like to eat for our last meal. We were also given a bottle of wine to take home.
I am already looking forward to my next visit.
Best in Skala, probable Kefalonia. Wonderful
Easilly the BEST restaurant in Scala!Found it very friendly and the food was superb!
It is nice to read all the good comments about Socrates and the family. I first went in 1994 and last went in 1996 but am looking at returning this year. Spent a lot of time with the family including shooting at 5am in the mountains with Dimitri. A true and welcoming family and would recommend visitng and certainly eating at the Taverna which although simple has outstanding food, surroundings and company
Will be coming back on 11th September. Have just logged on to find news of Helen and Socrates new baby. Yippee - hope all is well - see you soon.
We stayed at the Socrates appts,and ate in the tavererna ,the food was very good and the service friendly ,the appts although quite basic were adequate and well maintained.
Yet again we visited Socrates Taverna every night during our recent holiday. The welcome we get from Tasia, Dimitri, Socrates, Rebecca and Dennis never fails to delight us. The food is always outstanding and as we like to sample a starter as well as a main course we never go away hungry. We look forward to seeing them all again in September.
My Missus is a Vegetarian - how well served would she be while dining out in Scala? We're planning a trip in August.
Socrates Taverna - the best in town
You may try others as you go around
But Becky's cooking is a joy to taste
Melts in your mouth - can add to your waist.
Nightly Anastasia greets you with a smile
Demetri explains the menu - leaves you for a while.
Chicken, lamb, pork and rabbit too
Becky makes the most marvellous stew.
Make your choice , order it with wine
Sip that slowly , while you wait to dine.
Socrates grills and also writes the bills
Try his snapper - you with joy it fills
When in Skala your stomach you want to please
There is but one answer- go to Socrates.
Eating at Socrates- this was our year eight
For our next visit, we really cannot wait.
Jim and Anne Riding last visit Sept. 2004
We have been back to Skala twice now and everyone is very friendly,especially at Socrates where the family ran restaurant offers tradional home cooked meals such as the delcious meat pie or fantastic fresh fish, but what made us go back was how welcome we were made by the family at Socrates and you realise that many families go there year after year and are treated like part of the family,often there is dancing and parties. Always alot of fun and can't wait till next summer.
Just returned from our second visit to Skala this year and another holiday of eating each evening at Socrates Taverna.
If you want authentic Greek fayre in hospitable surroundings, away from the more commercialised area of Skala then visit this family run taverna.
The lamb, whether it's the Kleftiko or the chops, or the beef stifado or rabbit which takes your fancy or if you are in to fresh fish then try the Sea Bass or Snapper. You will not be disappointed.
The family, Costas, Rebbeca, Dimitri, Socrates, Anastasia, Helene are a delight and they are more than efficiently assisted by Dennis and Vasullia. Young Denise is still drawing on my table coverings and her creative 'pigs', 'cats' and 'alligateroses' are improving.
Bravo to you all and thanks yet again for being such an integral part of any holiday.
Oh and by the way, after 18 years of eating in Greece, why has it taken me so long to stumble upon the tastiest of all dishes prepared by Rebecca! Squids in Tomato with Potatoes done in the oven!
Absolutely delicious and I defy even a non fish lover to not want more of this beutiful recipie.
The meal i had at socrates was meat pie followed by the choc cake- all home made and tasted superb! Can i also say that i have proof all the vegetables they use for their meals are HOME GROWN! i know this as socrates himself game my dad and i a tour of his vegetable patches! so a lot of effort from the whole family goes into giving u the best meal ever (which it is!)
I just sooooo can't wit to go back next year again! socrates is just the best! look forward to seeing you again Anastasia, Dementri and family! xcharliex
socrates is by far the best place on the whole island. despite being on a side street is is forever full! Clearly it rocks so pack ya bags and get down to socrates- u wont regret it!
Me and my family have been going to Kefalonia, Scala since i was 3 and socrates has always been our fave restaurant- one of the reasons we go back each year! we are good freinds with all the staff there- particulary Dementri and Anastasia. The food is great and you always feel welcome there- nothing is too much trouble for them to do for you. If you don't go to socrates all i can say is- your loss! it has to be the best taverna in the world! (Try the meat pie! and the home-mede chocolate cake!!) See you next year people!
Very traditional. Food was great. The staff are very friendly. We ate there on a few occasions this time and were never disappointed. Prices reasonable and a free drink at the end of your meal to wash it all down! Who could ask for more?
Superb we had plenty of great meals here the beef Stifado,Kef meat pie,Mousaka and the kleftiko all well cooked and yes the white house wine at 4 euros a litre was good. the open air part of the taverna especially nice. We liked to round off our meal with a Greek coffee.
we were recommended this taverna by previous people and we were not dissapointed.
went to socrates on our first night in skala and was very disappointed, although the food was good, it was very pricey and not enough of it. we left still feeling hungry and €70 worse off.
we've been many times and we now feel we are friends of the family. Best wishes - and a hug - to Anastasia, Demetrius and other members of the family, Barry and Leonard
The best restaurant we found, and one of the few "proper Greek" places in Scala. Outstanding food, excellent service, polite enough to let you struggle in Greek even though they speak fluent English. One of the few Greeks in Scala who would actually strike up a conversation, and even recognised us in the street after visiting their restaurant the first time. Also, with notice they are prepared to provide special food and drinks, birthday cakes, etc. We recommend everything, just stick a pin in the menu and enjoy.
On our last night, September 2004, dinner for 4 with sparkling wine (Italian Prosecco, specially bought for us, and served to us more cheaply than UK supermarket prices), normal wine, salads, starters, and more lovely food than we could eat, cost about £10 per head.
Leonard and Barry are always treated so well when they go to Socrates by the delighful Anastasia, the charming Demetrius and also Alexandra who has now moved on. We hope to visit you again soon. Good Luck from Barry and Leonard firstname.lastname@example.org
Socrates was about the only tradional family taverna we found in Scala. It always had a good mix of Greeks and other holiday makers. The food had a real home cooked flavour. Apart from their main menu, there was always a list of specials, which changed each day. It was from this list we tried to choose. We can recommend the stuffed aubergines, briam, rabbit or little fish. We were never hurried by the friendly staff who greeted as friends each time we visited.
We stayed in Scala from July 2004 for 2 weeks and we eat here for 11 days of our stay. My wife is a vegertarian and on two occasions they made a very special platter for her which made my mouth water, she also asked if they did houmoes, they explained that they did not have any but the next evening they made it special. I can only say that the food was the best the meatballs are mouthwatering, the Stiffado is the best I have tasted try the village sausage for a starter. The service and friendliness and welcome of the staff is second to none.
Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous. Our first visit to Kefalonia and so we tried the infamous Pines 2 first - what a dissapointment. We were thoroughly disheatened with eating out our first week. Then we found Socrates and didn't eat anywhere else after that. The welcome you receive is wonderful and so friendly. We noticed the same people eating there every night so we knew we were not on our own in thinking this is the best place in Skala. Just try it!
Unfortunately we only discovered Socrates Taverna towards the end of our holiday but still managed a few visits. The food and service were excellent, I would recommend the specials, also the stuffed tomatoes, french beans and giant beans - all fabulous!!! they also have their own wine which at 5 euros a bottle is excellent value, the rose and dry white are exceptional. Tremendous value for money in a beautiful setting - can't praise it enough!!!
Unfortunately we didn't find Socrates Taverna until quite late on in our holiday but still found time to visit on several occasions.The food was excellent, especially the specials. all vegetables organically produced by the owners father and unbelievably good value too. They also have their own wine, which again is wonderful and fantastic value at 5 euros a bottle, I can recommend the dry white and the rose. Definitely our favourite resturant in Kefolonia!!!
During our stay in Skala we had eaten at several 'anglicized' greek restaurants and felt we were missing out on a true greek culinary experience. Luckily we tried the Socrates taverna and all that changed.
In addition to the fantastic authentic food cooked by Socrates' mother, we found the attentive nature and friendliness of the rest of the family extremely touching. When you try this taverna the warm welcome you'll receive will be genuine, the service you'll receive will be superb, the food and wine will be excellent.
We became regulars here during our 2 week break, not because we lacked the energy to explore Skala to find other authentic restaurants, but because it was the best in town!
Try the Socrates Taverna, meet the friendly, helpful family who run it so well.......you will NOT be disappointed!
Wonderful Greek home cooking,simplicity,every dish a delight,no padding it out with unnecessary items to make it look good.This restuarant is not on the main road but do take the trouble to find it,you will be glad you did
We have spent the last 10 years visiting Skala on holiday and count ourselves fortunate that we met Socrates and family. They are all such lovely people and once you are known to them it is like coming home to family. We have had the odd joke played on us but it was all part of the holiday, and done in the best possible taste! It is difficult to choose from the meals we have had which would be the best - I have so many favourites. It is worth noting that if you have a special request e.g Papoutsakia or a particular fish that they will try and provide. Nothing is too much trouble for any of them. Certainly for authentic Greek cooking it is the place to go - keep up the good work Heleni and Rebeka! We were there in June and are going back in September. Tassia,Dennis,Dmitri,Socrates, Costas,Denise and baby Konstandinos are all terrific and we love them to bits!
me and my family have bin goin 2 kef 4 10 years now and always make sure we eat at socrates at least 4 times during our stay in scala as it is the best taverna u will ever find! we have become friends with the staff, anastacia and demnetri- they greet us in such a welcoming manor every year- they will always make time for a friendly chat as well. i wanna say that socrates is by far the best and u r a fool if u don't go there! see you next year demntri and anastacia!
What can I say, other than we love it. It is one of our two favourite restaurants in Skala.
The only thing that stops us eating there more frequently when we are on holiday in Skala is that you need to try new experiences to broaden your horizons.
However, each time we visit this magical island, and wonderful resort, we always end up agreeing that Socrates is fantastic. This time we were ther form the 1st to the 15th of June.
The food is always authentic Greek, and people that complain about the portion sizes or quality are missing the point; this is a Greek restaurant, on a Greek Island doing proper Greek food. You want Anglisized Greek food, stay in the UK. Or eat at one of the places in Skala that have 'sold out'.
Everything is mouth watering; from the Feta Psiti (roast feta), to the Giant Beans, white beans in vinegar, red snapper.. I could go on and on.
The local wine (dopio Krassi) is excellent, and fantastic value. We especially love the white (aspro). And for a treat - ask for Dad's home made wine!
We first visited in 1993; we were walking past and happened to stop to peruse the menu when we were waved in, sat down and presented with a free glass of wine and a small bunch of grapes by Costas the father. These people really are delightful and welcoming.
Anastasia, the daughter, and Dimitri the eldest son are fantastic hosts along with Denis their 'assistant'. Helpful (Dimitri has offered to help find me a property to fulfil my dream of opening a gym in Skala. If only...), charming and humourous. And delighted if you drop the Brit arrogance and attempt to speak Greek (say 'sarandapotharousa' which means millipede and they'll love you!). Oh, and 'Ene karafe dopio krassi meghalo, parakelo.' That's a large carafe of the house wine!.
Efkharisto, Anastasia. Efkharisto Dimitri. Efkharisto Denis. Hopefully, we'll see you at Easter.
We first visited in 1993, and have been back to Skala 3 times since - most recently June 04. This is our favourite all round restaurant and we always end up eating here at least 3 times a week.
Superb fresh fish and giant beans. My husband loves the rabbit and the skordalia too. Go for the local white wine sold in kilo carafes - generally it has only a faint hint of resin, much nearer to a sauvignon and can be quite lemony. The family who own it are great fun and very courteous, and will be delighted to assist you with your attempts at Greek. Not to missed.
We have been visiting Skala since 1988 and first ate at Socrates Taverna, three weeks after it opened in 1992. This village is but one place we visit throughout the year, during our travels to varrious Countries throughout Europe and North America.
Skala and Socrates Taverna have now become a second home to us in the summer months and Costa's (father and grower of tomatoes to die for) and his family, who run the taverna, are great friends. There are very few eating establishments which will rival this one,for quality, authenticity and a relaxed atmosphere. Ask the locals who also eat there!
Some comments I read, criticise the limited menu. However, Socrates offers genuine Greek cuisine and does so at its very best. Such resteraunts do not need to supplement its menu with other non greek dishes.
If you want a pizza then fine, go to one of the other taverna's in the village. I for one visit any country in the world to enjoy both local and national customs. I certainly do not wish to eat food prepared or served, as I would expect to receive at home.
Rebekah (mother), Helena (dughter in law) and Socrates (son), daily cook outstanding fayre. Whether its the Lamb Kleftiko, Beef Stifado, Fresh Fish or simply the Giant Beans, Feta on the grill or Helena's now infamous chocolate cake. I have not met a dissappointed patron during the last 9 consecutive years of visiting Skala and eating at Socrates. Having returned yesterday we are already plotting a Setember return.
The resteraunt is tucked away from the main street, ideal to find a retreat. The staff out front, Dimnitri (elder son), Anastasia (daughter) and Denis(I'm sure he's related in some way) face the customers out front with a smile and friendly banter.
And if your really lucky, Denise (Anastasia's young daughter) will draw pictures on your paper table cloth and keep yopu amused between courses.
We have had the pleasure of eating at some very good and some not so very good resteraunts in our travels. This is consistently one of the best in the world. If it was not then I can assure you that we would not seek it out and look upon it as a fundamental and integral part of our Greek Holiday.
Please go, enjoy the fabulous food and speak to this lovely family.
We found Socrates in May 2004. Very friendly staff, good food at very reasonable prices. Well worth a visit, don't be put off by the uninspiring views.
The restaurants we visited on the main street were very samey and we tried Socrates on a recommendation. I wish we had found it earlier in the week. Yes, the menu is limited but the food is at least all fresh and not just slung together with an attitude of "that'll do for the tourists". The service was great and very fiendly, on our second visiit they gave us a bottle of their wine to take home. I could have done with a little more seafood (I don't eat meat) but everything we had was just great. I was reassured to see seversal Greek people eating there too. Despite the fact that it is out of the way it was always busy, even towards the end of the season.
PLACE WAS VERY NICE,THE PEOPLE WHO RAN IT WERE VERY FRIENDLY,BUT YOU DIDN'T GET MUCH FOOD
I was very impressed by the personal service. Asking the charming waitress - Annastasia - which of the specials was best, she would always decalre something to be "fantastic!". I was never disappointed. Later I learnt that she was biased, as her mum cooked the food [and her dad made the wine]. I met Irene here, who was very good company, but sadly never saw her again. If I go to Kefalonia again, the friendliness of the folks at the Socrates will be a major motivation.